2013 Keynote:
Adventures in Project-Based Learning for STEM Education

Chris Quintana
Associate Professor, School of Education
University of Michigan

Tuesday, August 20 at Noon

Chris Quintana is a principal investigator in the Center for Highly Interactive Classrooms, Curricula, and Computing in Education, where he focuses on software-based scaffolding for middle school science students, including the development of scaffolded software tools, scaffolding frameworks for software, and learner-centered design processes. Quintana currently heads the Zydeco Project, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore how web-based technologies and mobile devices can be integrated to connect science classrooms and museums to expand science learning opportunities. He is also on the research team for two additional ongoing projects, including one project focused on how media-rich digital texts that follow a "universal design for learning" approach may impact science learning, and another project developing a multimedia software environment to help teachers reflect on and understand effective features of lessons in early reading.

Quintana has previously led other NSF-funded projects focused on developing and assessing software that supports students with different inquiry-based practices. One project explored the creation of software-based "digital ideakeepers" to support students in analyzing and synthesizing information found in digital libraries to answer science questions. Another explored handheld computers and how their unique capabilities can lead to new types of learner-centered tools that can expand beyond classroom contexts.

Aside from developing and researching different types of learner-centered software, Quintana is also interested in design processes and the notion of "design thinking" for education. His design activity informs his courses on the design and assessment of learning technologies, and other work exploring the development of new technology-enhanced learning spaces within the School of Education.

Past U-M CS4HS Keynote Speakers

2012
Dug Song
Co-founder and CEO of Duo Security
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2011
Jan Cuny
Program Officer for the Broadening Participation in Computing Initiative and the CS 10K Project at the National Science Foundation
"CS 10K: Transforming High School Computing"
2010
Nancy Butler Songer
Professor of Science Education and Learning Technologies at the University of Michigan School of Education
"Guiding Complex Thinkers in a Knowledge Society: What do our kids need to learn today for tomorrow?"

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